CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2008 Mazda CX-7 has numerous reports filed with the NHTSA about engine & A/C problems, continuing these defect trends from the 2007 model year.

Owners report problems with the 2008 CX-7's Variable Valve Timing (VVT) & timing chain failing, causing major damage to the engine — Mazda uses an interference design so typically the valves are bent & the entire engine needs to be replaced. Mazda dealers typically quote $9,000 for an engine replacement.

There is also a trend of the turbo failing at low mileage.

Finally for the 2008 CX-7 there is a clear pattern of A/C compressor failure at relatively low mileage. Owners report smoke & occasionally the serpentine belt catches fire when the A/C compressor clutch seizes while driving. Mazda extended the A/C warranty to 60,000 miles, however many owners report their A/C compressor failed very soon after the 60k mark.

In 2011, Mazda began a "Special Service Program" that extended the warranty to 7 years/70,000 miles covering turbocharger oil leaks & excessive timing chain noise — an early sign of timing chain failure. However coverage under the program requires perfect documentation of all required maintenance with other stipulations. Buyer beware.

4.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,247 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2008 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #17

Oct 032016

CX-7

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V593000 (suspension), and 16V356000 (air bags) however the parts were not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repairs. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the parts would become available so the contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact was not experiencing a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #16

Oct 122016

CX-7

  • 150,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact stated that the air bag and the suspension warning light remained illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (suspension) but stated that the part needed for the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #15

Oct 252016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers:16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (suspension) but the parts needed for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Abbeville, LA, USA

problem #14

May 252016

CX-7

  • 0 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (air bags) however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issues. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Andover, KS, USA

problem #13

Jun 132016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags). The part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact was not experiencing a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Maize, KS, USA

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problem #12

Jul 052016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall: Its been 6 months, and it's a real hardship with not being able to have front seat passengers in my primary automobile. I am in a carpool to drive my child and neighborhood children to school, and I have not been able to do so without having someone in the front seat. I also received a notice that the front suspension has a safety recall for lower control arms replacement, I received this notice in August with no further communication from Mazda or my dealership. I'm disappointed with responses I get to my inquiries from my Mazda dealership.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #11

Oct 242016

CX-7

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact recieved notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags). The part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Victoria, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 01/06/2017

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #9

Jul 202016

CX-7 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (suspension). The part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 12/21/16 updated 12/27/16.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #8

May 252016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (suspension) however, the part to do the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 302016

CX-7

  • 94,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. while driving various speeds and also while in park, the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 94,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall lack of replacement parts prohibits use passenger seats until parts are available. This places an undue burden on vehicle owners and limits the passenger carrying capacity under which the vehicle was sold. Going against this mandate impacts terms of vehicle insurance policy. Mazda or takata must pay for leaner vehicle equal to the ones impacted by this recall.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 292016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags); however, the part was unavailable to perform the repair. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #4

Oct 302015

CX-7

  • 98,000 miles
Air bag warning light intermittantly remains illuminated. During some travel it does not light up, other times it comes on while driving and stays on.

- Cynthiana, KY, USA

problem #3

Jul 062015

CX-7

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V345000 (air bags) and 15V382000 (air bags). The part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012014

CX-7 4-cyl

  • 60,200 miles
Passenger airbag light comes on when the ignition is turned on and stays on..indicator stays on whether a passenger is on the seat or not..this can last for several days and eventually disappears..this has happen two or three times..I bought the car 4 months ago.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 012009

CX-7

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda CX7. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership to routine maintenance and the dealer turned off the light at that time. The contact then stated that the air bag light illuminated again and the vehicle was taken back to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure was caused by a loose connection pin. The air bag light illuminated again and the contact had an appointment with the dealer at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000. The current mileage was approximately 46,000.

- Alvarado, TX, USA

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